Kindness is an easy thing.
Yet it’s not common.
Definitely not as common as it should be.
Kindness makes our lives better.
Helping others has been proven to elicit feel good hormones like dopamine, which in turns makes us feel good. There’s a reason why we feel good when we do something good for others.
Kindness makes us better people.
When we are kind we exercise our compassion, empathy, generosity, etc. We stop being self involved, get out of the me-me-me state and actually realise that we aren’t the only ones that matter.
Continually and consistently practicing kindness helps us build and strengthen traits like compassion, integrity, empathy, etc. The neural pathways for those functions get stronger the more we practice these functions.
All these makes us better as human beings – wiser, smarter, stronger.
Kindness makes others lives better.
When someone is kind to you, your life gets better – be it a tangible improvement or an intangible one.
Even a smile from a stranger can uplift your spirit.
The same happens when you are kind to others.
There are many other benefits to practicing kindness.
What’s even better is the fact that it doesn’t take much, to be kind.
Kindness is easily practiced, and there are opportunities everywhere – all the time.
All it needs is getting out of your own head and thinking about others too.
You don’t need to be rich or powerful or successful (or whatever else you can think of) to practice kindness.
Practicing an act of kindness can be as simple as smiling at someone, or picking up some garbage, helping a blind person cross the street, giving an elderly person a hand with their shopping… you get the idea.
There are many many things like these that we all can do, every day.
The opportunities for kindness are there – all the time.
It’s just a matter of thinking the right way, and paying attention.
Kindness makes the world a better place.
So, be kind.